Kash­mir: Ex­ploita­tion of women in the name of eman­ci­pa­tion

Views from Sri­na­gar

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

AB­DUL HAMID MIR HE crime against women shows an expo nen­tially in­creas­ing trend be­cause of cer tain fac­tors in­clud­ing the un­nec­es­sary ‘ex­po­sure’ of fe­male folk. A woman is safe at home and is sus­cep­ti­ble to vul­gar­ity once she steps out­side un­pro­tected. De­spite her em­pow­er­ment she con­tin­ues to be ex­ploited.

For­mal em­ploy­ment of women is ad­ding to their mis­eries in­stead of solv­ing them. Though it might ren­der them fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent but that is at the cost of her dig­nity. Be­cause women em­ploy­ment/earn­ing can be deemed to be for­bid­den in the cur­rent setup where one’s em­ployed wife/sis­ter/daugh­ter has to share their prime time with their male coun­ter­parts (strangers) all around. Women are meant for look­ing af­ter do­mes­tic af­fairs rang­ing from child care to home man­age­ment.

They might also work in rare cases but it must be in a to­tally sep­a­rate do­main where there is al­most zero per­cent ac­cess to stranger males. That is pos­si­ble only un­der the purview of Is­lamic Rule which does not ex­ist be­cause in com-

Tpletely sep­a­rate do­mains where their chastity is safe, the fem­i­nine gen­der may work in some vi­tal fields like medicine, surgery, ed­u­ca­tion etc. How­ever, it is a shame­ful sit­u­a­tion for those males who in­spite of hav­ing sound fi­nan­cial con­di­tion, force their wives, daugh­ters, sis­ters etc. to earn out­side their home. Women’s rights have been ex­plained at length in Holy Qu­ran.

But the hyp­ocrites are pro­ject­ing a dis­torted im­age of Mus­lim in­ter­pre­ta­tion of fem­i­nine rights. Women can­not find any bet­ter and ideal way of life than Is­lamic per­spec­tive; rang­ing from a pro­tec­tive and morally hy­gienic dress code to the kin­ship.

Women are frag­ile by na­ture from phys­i­cal, phys­i­o­log­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional as­pects and their hon­our/ chastity is also very frag­ile and needs to be pro­tected. And males have to pro­vide this pro­tec­tion. They are equal to men but later is dom­i­nant and has to be.

Earn­ing is re­spon­si­bil­ity of males. In present mi­lieu where filth is spread ev­ery­where, it is un­eth­i­cal to see worka­holic ladies in the com­pany of strangers, which is not only against Is­lam but against hu­man­ity also.

Ed­u­ca­tion is their right but earn­ing is not their li­a­bil­ity. A qual­i­fied woman can man­age the home af­fairs ex­cel­lently and grow up her chil­dren much bet­ter in all as­pects, de­grees are not for em­ploy­ment pur­pose only; this is a wrong no­tion which we as par­ents, broth­ers and spouses must bear in mind. Women should be pro­vided their full rights what­ever they de­serve.

Cur­rent era is at the cli­max of women ex­ploita­tion in the name of pseudo eman­ci­pa­tion, ex­po­sure, em­ploy­ment, en­trepreneur­ship and all that. The en­e­mies of Is­lam (and of hu­man­ity , of course) are try­ing their ut­most to bring out ladies folk out of their homes into the mar­ket, by adopt­ing var­i­ous means/jokes like so called eman­ci­pa­tion, ex­po­sure, self reliance, women rights etc. in fact, the aim of these hyp­ocrites is to eas­ily make her avail­able in the mar­ket. Eve teas­ing has be­come or­der of the day. Co­ed­u­ca­tion men­ace, mon­e­tary in­cen­tives and other tac­tics are used as a tool for this. Un­for­tu­nately, the un­nat­u­ral glam­our of a woman is used for prof­it­ing in busi­ness! In ad­di­tion to work­places, there is crime against fe­male folks at do­mes­tic level as well which too needs to be looked into se­ri­ously.

Crime against women also stems from late (some­times never!) mar­riages of youth (both boys and girls). Set­ting up of un­nec­es­sary, un­eth­i­cal, ir­re­li­gious and un­af­ford­able cri­te­ria from both sides is a ma­jor hur­dle in es­tab­lish­ing a healthy mat­ri­mo­nial re­la­tion­ship these days.

Mar­riage is an im­por­tant event in hu­man life be­cause it is the most sa­cred as­pect of hu­man re­la­tion­ships and a pre-req­ui­site for con­ti­nu­ity of hu­man race on the planet.

Mar­riage has un­for­tu­nately be­come the costli­est af­fair in one‘s life while way­ward­ness is cheap, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and com­mon. This is ex­actly in ac­cor­dance with the Prophetic say­ing wherein it has been pre­dicted some 14 cen­turies ago. Is­lam ad­vo­cates for sim­ple mar­riages and strongly de­nounces il­le­git­i­mate pre and post mar­i­tal re­la­tion­ships; which is eat­ing away the moral sense of mod­ernised so­ci­eties. In this part of the world, govern­ment job (ir­re­spec­tive of the na­ture post!) is a pre-req­ui­site for mar­riage.

Govern­ment job is nei­ther nec­es­sary nor prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble for ev­ery­one, does that mean those with­out govern­ment jobs don’t have right to marry? It is com­pletely fool­ish and bizarre on be­half of such par­ents who com­pel their sons and daugh­ters to com­pul­so­rily wed an em­ployed part­ner.[ah­mirchem473@gmail.com] —Cour­tesy: Ris­ing Kash­mir.

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